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Rottnest Island

Temporary Notice to Mariners

Closure of Waters to Boating
Thomson Bay Rottnest Island
Special Event - 27th April 2014


Acting pursuant to the powers conferred by Regulation 38B of the Rottnest Island Regulations 1988, the Rottnest Island Authority hereby closes the following waters to all vessels, excluding bona fide emergency and authorised vessels, between 8:00am on Sunday 27th April 2014 to 8.00am Monday 28th April 2014.

Thomson Bay

All the waters within 25 metres of the shoreline, from the Fuel Jetty to 66 metres south of the Hotel Jetty. Together with waters encompassing the Hotel Jetty from a point 44 metres north of the Hotel Jetty and 25 metres from the shoreline to the northern most tip of the Hotel Jetty; along the eastern face of the jetty then to a point in the water25 metres from the shore line in the water 66 metres south of the Hotel Jetty
Tenders (max vessel length 3.75m) are permitted to access the beach starting from the Fuel Jetty to  a point 140 metres south towards the Hotel Jetty.


This event is expected to attract in excess of 3000 visitors to the Island, both by ferry and private vessels, and they will congregate in a specified areas including the beach front in front of Hotel Rottnest.  Consultation with Western Australian Police, event organisers and RIA the best practice to manage our visitors to ensure public safety and manage socially acceptable behaviour within the event area, it is necessary to close these waters. In particular the event planned, includes a staging on the beach.
Mariners are advised to navigate with caution and maintain a safe clearance when transiting this area.

Paolo Amaranti

Chief Executive Officer
Rottnest Island Authority


Vessell Rubbish Collection over Easter Period


PFM service of vessel rubbish collection over Easter 

Pains Wessex Rottnest Escorted Safety Convoy (RESC)


The Boating Industry Association of WA (BIAWA) have organised the biannual Pains Wessex Rottnest Escorted Safety Convoy (RESC) for over 30 years together with Marine Safety, Water Police, Challenger TAFE and Sea Rescue. The RESC is a fantastic opportunity for new boat owners and their families to enjoy a weekend that is educational and fun.

Rottnest Safety Convoys provide boaties with an interactive experience unique to Western Australia, with the experienced convoy escorts leading the group in tours of the bays and allowing the opportunity for participants to explore Rottnest Island. Participants benefit from safety advice including the teaching safe approaches, learning correct procedures for the use of safety equipment, knot tying and splicing.

For further details, dates and to book visit